TROY, Mich. - BNP Media, parent company of The NEWS, has announced the acquisition of the Professional Services Division of Ascend Media which includes the Food, Beverage, and Packaging Group and the Gaming Group of magazines, conferences, Websites, and events.

“All of the titles have been well managed by an excellent staff that has integrated print advertising, events, and online media. We now have robust products for any customer looking to reach each and every corner of the food, beverage, packaging, and gaming markets,” said Taggart Henderson, co-CEO of BNP Media.

Clear Seas Research, BNP Media’s market research company, is concurrently announcing their entrance into these industries.

“Clear Seas will present unparalleled, custom market research in the food, beverage, packaging, and gaming industries via our combination of online communities, industry knowledge, and superior analysis. We look forward to creating research solutions for all companies wishing to gain competitive advantage in these arenas,” said Mitchell Henderson, co-CEO of BNP Media.

This acquisition makes BNP Media the undisputed global leader in food, beverage, and packaging information.

BNP Media, the largest family-owned b-to-b media company in the country, helps people succeed in business with superior information through its portfolio of magazines, Websites, conferences, trade shows, and market research. BNP specializes in the food, beverage, packaging, manufacturing, gaming, architecture & construction, mechanical systems, and safety & security markets. BNP owns and operates more than 60 magazines, 40 events, and 75 websites.

For more information, visit www.bnpmedia.com.

Publication date: 09/24/2007